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Qatar races to develop solar-powered cooling

Updated: 2013-04-20 07:19
By Reuters in Berlin ( China Daily)

Qatar is racing to develop efficient solar-powered cooling technology to counter the searing heat of the Middle Eastern summer in its stadiums during the 2022 soccer World Cup, a senior organizing committee official said.

Nasser Al-Khater, the organizing committee's communications and marketing director, also said the tiny gulf state would construct its stadiums with modular technology so it could downscale them after the tournament, and donate seating to countries with little sports infrastructure.

Al-Khater said the wealthy emirate already boasted the world's first cooled stadium, albeit with traditional energy sources. Temperatures in Qatar can reach more than 40 C in the summer months.

Qatar races to develop solar-powered cooling